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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
5.0 based on 430 reviews
“Absolutely beautiful BUT”
Absolutely beautiful BUT
June 23, 2019, by Maureen W
Spent 5 days in Banff area and loved the scenery, hikes, gondola, hot springs...but had a very negative experience dealing with the shuttle service. We planned on getting to Moraine lake at 10...
June 22, 2019, by 487rachell
There are no words to describe the absolutely beauty of this national park. It is full of magnificent scenery year round !
“so much to see and do”
so much to see and do
June 10, 2019, by Candy B
wildlife, views, fresh air, shopping, old world charm at the Banff Springs, wildflowers, hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. You can camp or get a hotel. There is way to many things to...